Sunday, May 22. 2005
Gaim is a multiple IM service client, like Trillian. It however seems to be pretty good. Half the memory footprint, and free + open source. I'll post a review in about a month when the honeymoon wears off.
There is a known problem when using Gaim with Cygwin (a linux environment for windows) if you have your system path set to the Cygwin bin dirs. The documentation for gaim actually hints at the fix:
If you have a Cygwin installation (with tcl 8.4), and have added its bin directory to your PATH, then WinGaim will crash on startup. The solution is to remove cygwin's bin directory from your path. Introducing Cygwin dlls into the native win32 environment is a very bad idea, and is likely to cause problems with other programs.
The fix is simple, instead of having the Cygwin paths on your global environment table, you just want it for your shell windows. Write up a simple little batch script to modify the path like so:
@echo off set path=%PATH%;[Cygwin]\bin;[Cygwin]\usr\bin echo This is my shell of DOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!
After that, setup a shortcut to: %windir%\system32\cmd.exe /K [your batch file]. The /K switch tells cmd to keep the shell window open. Bam. Cygwin and GAIM goodness.Update: Sometimes Gaim will half-crash on startup. It won't actually die, but it won't do anything else either. This can happen if you install something like WinAVR which uses CygWin, and it adds itself to your path. If you find Gaim crashing all of the sudden, then check out each entry in your PATH environment variable and make sure there are no cygwin dlls.
Saturday, September 25. 2004
Higher order DOS .bat files.
This is a perfect illustration as to the rabbit hole you will fall down if you start to program in scheme.
What is a higher order .bat file? It is a .bat file that takes a .bat file as an argument.
It is really handy when you have a list of files that you need to run a few different processes on.
But it makes me question my sanity. And then I figure that I can write higher-order bat file combinators. That is, a .bat file that writes higher order .bat files. And then I stop questioning.
All Over The World - Big Bud (7:20)
Late Night Blues
Tuesday, August 24. 2004
However, with VirtuaWin, I just make wirtual vindow with the vnc viewer on it, and make the vnc viewer full screen, and BAM! No scrollbars, and it looks slick.
It is also great to see the confused look on my bosses face, because suddenly the Windows NT machine is now XP.
Anyway. Its good stuff. If you have a Win32 box, get VirtualWin.
Fredrik Stark / Nu-dub (BeatBlender 128k: A late night blend of deep-house & downtempo chill [SomaFM]) - Kevin Yost
Friday, June 25. 2004
Also in the RSS division, is Custom eBay RSS Feeds that will let you run a constant ebay search, using rss of corse. Very nice. I already have 3 feeds set up.
Moon Space - Intersperse (6:34)
Monday, May 31. 2004
Protection (Radiation Ruling The Nation Mix) - MASSIVE ATTACK (8:35)